It is estimated that the commissions of inquiry into allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud in the public sector including organs of state; into tax administration and governance by Sars; into allegations of impropriety regarding the PIC; and into the fitness of Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi to hold office will cost the taxpayer about R1bn. But in the long run, SA is guaranteed a more accountable and responsive public service. The creation of a more accountable and credible public service in which taxpayers and citizens are guaranteed better services and perhaps a reduction in cost of these services is possible at last. Many economist have calculated that the cost of corruption and maladministration runs into billions of rands and during the last ten years it is suggested this impact was most dire on the poor. But in 2018 it was whistleblowers and an active citizenry that made enough noise and brought about these four commissions of inquiry that would prove t...

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